James Barnor, who was born in 1929 in Accra, is a pioneer of Ghanaian photography. This monograph offers a comprehensive survey of a career spanning a remarkable period in history, bridging continents and photographic genres to create a transatlantic narrative marked by his passionate interest in people and cultures.
Barnor began work as a photographer in Accra in 1947 where he set up the Ever Young studio, taking photographs of the local community. He also worked as a photojournalist for the Daily Graphic and the South African anti-apartheid black lifestyle magazine Drum, which led him to London in the 1960s.
Barnor returned to Ghana at the end of the 1960s where he helped open the country’s first colour-processing laboratory. In 1993 he returned to London where he continues to live today. His varied body of photographic work documents the shift towards modern living as experienced by black people in both Africa and Britain. This comprehensive overview of his work was published by Autograph ABP in association with éditions Clémentine de la Féronnière, Paris, in 2015. An exhibition of the same name has toured internationally.
Text in English and French.
the medium of portraiture, Barnor’s photographs represent societies
in transition: Ghana moving towards its independence and London
becoming a cosmopolitan, multicultural metropolis.”
ADDITIONAL TEXT BY
Kobena Mercer, Renée Mussai, plus an interview with the artist by Margaret Busby OBE and Francis Hodgson
|Dimensions||230mm x 280mm|